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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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1,000 miles: step 1

While I would be a fool to put mileage on living, I must start somewhere. From here on, you are tagging along on my walkabout life. What I am calling the first step is the initiation of this blog.

What’s to come and what’s of this moment?

November is around the corner and there’s a week long holiday that must be taken advantage of. I will not lie, I’m pretty much like most college students: I love my sleep. And yet, there are college transfer applications waiting for me. I must add, applications that have not been started for the matter– and yes, faint along with me.

To keep myself sane, I like to write, poetry in particularly. I don’t write as frequently as I did before college; the college student has a sense of “restricted time.” These past weeks, I’ve been looking for a writing group on campus to help me make time for writing. Sadly, such a group does not exist, until now that is.

That’s right, Claudia is taking charge: NOVA, you shall see a writing group soon enough. I’m calling the group The Artistic Word. The first member was…. me, of course. Fear not, the number is slowly, very painfully for me, rising.

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